One day four teddy bears went to Teddy Bear Park to have a picnic. There was Tall Ted, Twiggy Teddy, Tubby Teddy, and Tiny Teddy.
Tiny Teddy’s mummy had already prepared their picnic. There was a picnic table with a bright yellow tablecloth. On the table were four pots of honey.
Before they had their honey, the teddies wanted to play in the teddy playground, all except Tiny Teddy. It was his first picnic and he was so excited to see the round pots of honey. Tiny Teddy loved honey. He started to eat all the honey in the pots. He ate 1…2…3…4… pots of honey. Now his fur was all sticky and he was very tired so he fell asleep under the table . Just then the other teddies finished playing and ran over to have their picnic.
Tall Ted said, “Someone has been eating my honey.”
Twiggy Teddy said, “Someone has been eating my honey, too.”
Tubby Teddy said, “Someone has been eating my honey and it’s all gone!”
Underneath the table Tiny Teddy woke up and heard what they said. He realised what he had done was wrong. He crawled out from under the table all covered in honey.
“I’m sorry,” he said.
“Tiny Teddy!” yelled the other teddies all together.
Tiny Teddy ran as fast as he could all the way to the bottom of the garden and hid in the bushes. He thought all the other teddies would be angry with him and hurt him. But they didn’t. Tall Ted, Twiggy Teddy, Tubby Teddy were sad that they did not have any honey to eat but they did not hurt Tiny Teddy because they knew he had just made a mistake.
“Everybody makes mistakes,” said Tall Ted. He remembered the time he lost one of Twiggy Teddy’s favourite books.
“Yes, everybody makes mistakes,” said Twiggy Teddy. She remembered the time she trod on Tubby Teddy’s toe and hurt him.
“That’s right, everybody makes mistakes,” said Tubby Teddy. He remembered the time he broke Tiny Teddy’s favourite cup.
So they called out to Tiny Teddy. “Come back, Tiny Teddy. We love you.”
Tiny Teddy crept out of the bushes. He looked very funny because his body was covered in leaves which had stuck to the honey on his fur. He looked like a leafy teddy monster! He looked so funny that Tall Ted, Twiggy Teddy and Tubby Teddy laughed. Then they all gave him a big bear hug. Now they were all covered in honey and leaves as well. All the teddies laughed at each other looking so funny.
Later, Tiny Teddy took them to his house and his mummy gave Tall Ted, Twiggy Teddy and Tubby Teddy a pot of honey each.
And now you know what to do if somebody makes a mistake: just give them a bear hug!
This story was brought to you by JB Rowley :teller of stories, writer of books and teacher of English
Song: Teddy Bear’s Picnic
Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch the ground.
Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn around.
Teddy bear, teddy bear, show your shoe.
Teddy bear, teddy bear, that will do.
Teddy bear, teddy bear, run upstairs.
Teddy bear, teddy bear, say your prayers.
Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn off the light.
Teddy bear, teddy bear, say goodnight.
Activity: Make Tiny Teddy